Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to the Winter edition of Lighthouse Institute E-News.

We have been pleased by the interest shown in our attachment and trauma informed training and consultancy work across Australia. It seems that there is a groundswell in the community sector, with a shift towards organisations and practioners wanting to develop their practice using a trauma informed framework. There has been a major increase in requests for training and consultancy work across Australia. I had the opportunity to visit Launceston, where I delivered a keynote address for the Communities for Children Conference organised by Anglicare Tasmania. My involvement in the Conference provided me with an opportunity to meet with practitioners that are doing inspirational work with children and young people. It also highlighted for me, the appetite for the trauma informed approach. This passion is consistent wherever the Institute team runs training.

The Institute is eagerly awaiting the release of tenders as part of Victoria’s Out of Home Care 5 Year Plan, as the initiative will have a focus on developing a continuum of therapeutic care across the service system. We see the 5 Year Plan as a great opportunity to work more closely with the sector in developing its capacity to implement trauma informed systems of care. We also see opportunities for partnerships with organisations wanting to use the Lighthouse Model of Care™. The move towards therapeutic care is consistent across Australia, as is the interest in the Lighthouse Model of Care™, with the Institute meeting with government officials and organisations about expansion of the Lighthouse approach.

The other major focus of the Institute, in the last four months has been the delivery of training as part of the Royal Commission Support Services. Our trainers and consultants have been on the road in every state and territory across Australia providing training, with 81 sessions run since the start of 2014. The feedback from training participants has been overwhelmingly positive, and we have developed some key ongoing partnerships across Australia with organisations that are doing great work with survivors of trauma.

Our work in South Australia with the Service to Youth Council (SYC) and Families SA is progressing well. SYC, through their HYPA Homes initiative have opened three homes using the Lighthouse Therapeutic Family Model of Care™. This is stage one of the national expansion of the Lighthouse Model of Care™, and we are very pleased to be working with SYC in South Australia to deliver high quality therapeutic care to young people under the guardianship of the Minister.
In this newsletter we have information on the upcoming Rainbow Resource Training and Forum, 2015 edition of Journey to Recovery: The International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice™, Lighthouse Institute 2014-2015 Training Calendar, the national tour of international child trauma expert Patrick Tomlinson, and other updates on the work of the Lighthouse Institute.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Lighthouse Institute E-news. 

Rudy Gonzalez
Executive Director

Rainbow Resource Forum 

A disproportionate number of Same Sex Attracted (SSA) and Intersex, Trans* and Gender Diverse (ITGD) young people are classified as at risk, and as such are over-represented in health and welfare services. These young people have poorer mental health outcomes and higher rates of homelessness and family violence than non SSAITGD identified young people.

Lighthouse Institute will be running a Rainbow Resource training day, as well as a day-long Rainbow Resource Forum in the beginning of August. The Forum will have Sally Goldner as the keynote speaker.

When booking in for both sessions, a special packaged rate of $360 + GST will be given to the first 40 people.

For more information on the Rainbow Resource Training and Forum, and to book online please click here. 

Rainbow Resource Keynote Speaker:
Sally Goldner

Sally Goldner has been actively involved in Melbourne's queer community for the last 16 years. This includes ongoing involvement with TransGender Victoria (now as Executive Director). co-presenter of 3 CR's "Out of the Pan", Treasurer of Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Treasurer of Bisexual Alliance Victoria and as a member of the Intersex, Trans and Gender Diverse working group of GLBTI Health Alliance. 

Sally is the focus of an autobiographical documentary "Sally's Story", a life member of Seahorse Club of Victoria and Zoe Belle Gender Centre, was awarded Activist of the Year at the 2010 ALSO Awards and was noted in The Age's Top 100 most creative and influential people in Melbourne in 2011. 

Trauma Informed Practice for Managers and Leaders 

Patrick Tomlinson Speaking Tour – October 2014

Lighthouse Institute is pleased to announce that international speaker Patrick Tomlinson will be back in Australia in October 2014.

Patrick Tomlinson is a consultant advisor and interim leader to organisations providing programs/services for children and others in the human services/social care sector. Patrick specialises in program design and development for children and young people who have been traumatised by abuse and neglect, and who require specialist therapeutic residential or foster care programs. His experience spans over 30 years working as a strategic director, operational manager, clinician and author. He managed programs in a number of prestigious organisations in the UK including the Cotswold Com­munity, Young Options, the Mary Walsh Institute and SACCS; and has written a number of books and articles on working with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma, recently co-authoring Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Young People: An Attachment and Trauma Informed Model for Practice.

 Expressions of Interest

 If your organisation is interested in hosting a half day round table and/or the 2-day training package Guiding the Therapeutic Task: Trauma Informed Practice for Managers & Leaders, please contact Lighthouse Institute’s Learning & Development Manager here, or on: 9093 7500.

Journey to Recovery 2015

The date has been set for Journey to Recovery: The International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice 2015. 

Lighthouse Institute invite you to join practitioners, policy makers, researchers, consultants, carers, and survivors of trauma from around the world. Not only will all these people come together to share their experience, but also to reflect on practice and research into recovery-orientated approached from an attachment and trauma informed perspective.

After the successful inaugural conference in 2013, we are looking forward to a compelling two day event held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne next March.

Registration will be made available soon, so make sure to keep an eye out on our website and in your emails. 

Register for Training Now 

Lighthouse Institute is now offering individuals, groups, organisations and communities the option of enrolling in our open forum training program. The program will focus on attachment, psychosocial development, trauma, organisational culture and therapeutic community development.

The Institute aims to provide a rich learning environment in which participants can learn from the hands-on experience of Lighthouse's advanced trauma informed practitioners, hear about effective and innovative approaches to working with clients, and share and learn from each other's experiences.

The new training calendar will consist of 10 different sessions running from July 2014 - June 2015, plus two sessions on Lighthouse's Therapeutic Family Model of Care

The next training will be the Rainbow Resource: Working Exclusively with SSAITGD Young People. This training will be held at Darebin Arts Centre, Melbourne, on August 1, 2014. Please click here to find out more and register.

For more information on all the training sessions, and to view or download the training calendar, please click here.

CEO's Message

Welcome to another edition of the Institute newsletter. The Institute team has been busy delivering training workshops across Australia as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse. This training has provided organisations working with those impacted by the Royal Commission process vital professional development opportunities in trauma informed practice. The Institute is also continuing to build relationships with organisations in the sector, such as SYC in South Australia, which will ultimately see increasing numbers of children and young people receiving the therapeutic care they need.

Therapeutic care, which addresses the history of complex trauma experienced by survivors of abuse and neglect is best practice, and Lighthouse is now in its 24th year of delivering such care for homeless young people. 

I hope you enjoy this update and I look forward to seeing you at one of our trainings soon.


Kane Bowden

Institute Research Update

Lighthouse Institute Research Manager, Dr. Pauline McLoughlin, recently presented a talk on the topic of outcomes based practice and the Lighthouse Therapeutic Outcomes Assessment Tool. This talk was presented at 'Leading Practice, the Connections Unity Care Conference'. The conference was a two day event aimed at presenting and promoting new ideas which improve the lives of those who are most vulnerable in the community.

Pauline has also written a paper on outcomes based funding on The Power to Persuade, an Australian social policy discussion blog. 

Read the full paper, What are the implications of 'outcomes' based funding? here.

Free Webinars from MHPN

Enhance skills in recognising and responding to complex trauma

Lighthouse Institute knowledge partner, the Mental Health Professionals' Network, has been funded to support the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by producing a free webinar series to help practitioners better recognise and respond to complex trauma presentation.

In the three-part series, an interdisciplinary panel of leading experts discuss a case study to explore how they can support people who have or may have been exposed to or have experienced childhood abuse. View the recordings now:

HYPA Homes, South Australia

Lighthouse Institute, in partnership with SYC, has opened the first three homes in South Australia which will be using the Therapeutic Family Model of CareTM. 

This is the first stage of Lighthouse Institute's expansion of the Lighthouse Model of Care across Australia.

Lighthouse CEO Kane Bowden and SYC CEO Paul Edginton are pictured above in front of one of the HYPA homes. 


Staff from Lighthouse have presented at a number of recent conferences.
Recent conferences at which Lighthouse staff presented include:
  • Future of Young Australians: 8 April
  • Leading Practice: Connections Uniting Care:  14 May
  • Counselling Association of South Australia: 31 May
  • Communities for Children Conference: 4 - 5 June
Conferences at which Lighthouse staff will be presenting soon:
  • SYC Conference: 8 July
  • Childhood Trauma: Understanding the basis of change & Recovery: 4 - 8 August
  • ACWA: Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2014: 18 - 20 August

Pictured above is an illustration by Marieke de Goeij from Digital Storytellers of one of Rudy Gonzalez's talks on Attachment & Trauma Informed Practice. 
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